Our skin is a type of seamless organ that acts like a superfine cloth which protects numerous valuable assets throughout our body. The best way to imagine it is like a piece of fine silk. When you take a beautiful material like silk it is easy to realize how a small tear can change the appearance of how it looks.
Skin is the same. If you have an injury, a burn or any other serious skin trauma, it can cause an unsightly scar on the surface of the skin. For most of us, a scar is not a big issue. We all receive minor scars and abrasions throughout our life.
If a scar is not too large and noticeable or if it is in a location that’s easy to hide, it is not a large concern. However, there are scars that are very noticeable and not easy to conceal.
When you have such a scar, you may wonder if there is a particular way to hide and treat it. Many people try to do this by hiding their scars under a variety of clothing. However, sometimes that may not be possible and therefore another means of camouflage may be required.
We all know that a scar will never entirely go away. There are various methods and creams that can shrink down its size or change the appearance to one that is more acceptable. Before we begin to discuss these various methods and creams we first need to understand how scarring happens?
Scarring is not an enemy. It is the body’s natural way of healing the skin after an injury. Scars look different because of the following factors. It could be determined by the depth and size of the cut or wound.
Sometimes the location will change the appearance of a scar. There are also other issues such as genes, sex, age and ethnicity.
You may think that all scars are the same but there are different types of scars. For example, there are Keloid scars. These type of scars result from a healing process that is overly aggressive. These type of scars extend beyond the new injury. The problem with a Keloid scar is that over a period of time this type of scar could endanger future movement.
There are many treatments that can be used to remove such a scar. Some of these treatments include steroid injections, surgery or silicone sheets. If you have a smaller keloid scar it can be treated by using cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is a process were you use a liquid nitrogen as a freezing therapy.
Another treatment that you can do to prevent a keloid formation is to use a pressure treatment. This can be done with silicone gel pads immediately after an injury. It is interesting to note that Keloid scars are more common in people who have dark skin.
Another type of scar is a contracture scar. This type of scar is commonly associated when your skin has undergone a burn. The danger of these type of is that they can impair your ability to move about.
The reason that this happens is because of a tightening of the skin after a burn. Contracture scars have an ability to affect both muscles and nerves because of the depth of the scar.
Then there is Hypertrophic scars. These scars are similar to Keloid scars but they do not go beyond the area of the injury. Treatments for Hypertrophic scars include silicone sheets, which flatten the scar or injections of steroids which will reduce inflammation.
A common scar for many young people is Acne scars. Most acne scars are mild, they are simply a nuisance for many teenagers. However, for some teenagers that have severe acne, an unsightly scar is probably there to remind them of it.
There are various types of acne scars. Some are unattractive deep pits or wavelike or angular in appearance. There are many treatment options that are available for acne scars. It will all depend on what type of acne scar a person has.
The treatment scars will depend a lot on what type of scar it is. Some of the more popular scar treatments may include the following. It could be a combination of prescription gels, ointments, or creams.
Also, there are many over the counter commercial products that are available to the public. These products are used to help treat a scar and they all produce different results.
If you have scars that are serious you may need to visit a reputable plastic surgeon. They will advise you if any of these over the counter treatments are a viable option. They will be able to prescribe medications and creams that may help your particular type of scar.
Some of the treatments that can be used are steroids and antihistamine cream. Some of these creams will help ease any of the itching issues that are often associated with particular scars. When it comes to scarring from severe acne, you may need the advice from a dermatologist.